BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Shortly after the US Supreme Court voted 5-4 to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, Gov. Bobby Jindal issued a statement criticizing justices for their decision.
"The Supreme Court decision today conveniently and not surprisingly follows public opinion polls, and tramples on states' rights that were once protected by the 10th Amendment of the Constitution," Jindal said in the written release. "Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that."
The newly-announced Republican presidential candidate went on to state, "this decision will pave the way for an all out assault against religious freedom rights of Christians who disagree with this decision."
"The government should not force those who have sincerely held religious beliefs about marriage to participate in these ceremonies. That would be a clear violation of America's long held commitment to religious liberty as protected in the First Amendment," Jindal added.
He concluded the statement with, "I will never stop fighting for religious liberty and I hope our leaders in D.C. join me."
Louisiana is one of the states that banned gay marriage.
The ruling stated the 14th Amendment requires states to issue marriage licenses between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state.